Peter Rojas (Betaworks Ventures) on the Fall and Rise of AR & VR (Part 2)

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The Guest

Peter Rojas was the co-founder of a few very popular technology blogs, including Gizmodo, Engadget, and Joystiq. The latter two were part of Weblogs, Inc., which was acquired by AOL in 2005. He later co-founded the consumer electronics social networking site, gdgt, which AOL also acquired in 2013. Post-acquisition, Peter stayed for a couple of years as the VP of Strategy and director of AOL's experimental products group.

Now Peter is a partner at Betaworks, a startup studio and seed stage venture capital company based in New York City and San Francisco that invests in network-focused, consumer-facing media businesses.

The Conversation

This is the second part of my conversation with Peter. In it we talk about Peter’s perspective on early stage investing, and he shares an unexpectedly tragic way he’s seen startups die.

We discuss his take on the AR and VR markets, and Peter considers which of the major platform players has a chance to dominate the next cycle.

We also get into Synthetic Reality, as well as the unique attributes of Betaworks Camps - as an alternative to accelerators or incubators.

The Request

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